Couples, beware of January.

According to a study released by Yahoo! Personals, nearly four out of 10 people are likely to reassess their relationship during the period between the December holidays and Valentine’s Day.

“It’s like clockwork,” said Karen Stewart, CEO of Fairway Divorce Solutions.
“December is dead; we could almost close down our office. But by Jan. 10, the phone is ringing off the hook.”

David Aveline, a sociology instructor at Mount Royal College, said new year’s resolutions have a lot to do with getting jilted in January.

“A lot of people would like to begin a new era on Jan. 1. Hence, you’ve got the new year’s resolution syndrome with ‘I’m going to go to the gym, I’m going to give up smoking, I’m going to give up chocolate cake, and I’m going to dump my boyfriend.’”

Anna Zornosa, vice-president and general manager of Yahoo! Personals attributes the breakup season to unhappy couples sticking it out together over Christmas.

“People tend to ‘put up’ with current relationships in order to have a partner for holidays gatherings, but once the festivities are over, it’s time to decide whether to fish or cut bait,” she said.

January can also be the last chance to get out before Valentine’s Day, as many say they don’t want to spend a romantic holiday with someone they’re not all that crazy about.

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